Memories Look at Me
Ji yi wang zhe wo
Sundance Kabuki CinemasMon, May 6, 2013 3:45 PM Not Available
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Film Info
Section:New Directors
Premiere Status:China
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:87
Original Language:Mandarin
Awards:New Directors Prize Contender
dir:Song Fang
prod:Jia Zhang-ke
Song Fang
cam:Guan Dong-pei
Zhou Wen-Cao
editor:Song Fang
cast:Ye Yu-zhu
Song Di-jin
Song Fang
Song Yuan
source:Xstream Pictures
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In this strong directorial debut, Song Fang directs and plays herself as she pays a visit to her parents at their home in Nanjing, China to visit her family. During her brief stay, Fang and her parents reminisce about ancestors, family traditions, marriage, life and death. Housekeeping and cooking rituals intertwine with her mother’s inquiry about her daughter’s marriage prospects—poignant discussions surrounding the melancholy and end-of-lfe aspirations that come with aging and dying. Mostly centered on mundane events, such as mealtime gatherings or while the characters perform small acts of kindness, the film is carried by leisurely conversations, which invite the viewer to calmly settle into the rhythm of the household. In this slow-paced, contemplative film, Fang keeps a respectful distance from her characters. By confining the vast majority of the film to the interior of the family’s apartment, which is strictly captured in static shots, the director reinforces the stillness of the atmosphere and the film’s carefully orchestrated passage of time. Filled with gratifying moments of silent understanding between family members who share a deep bond, Memories Look at Me delivers an intimate portrayal of modern Chinese families as well as a serene meditation on life.
-Julia Barbosa
Additional Information

Song Fang

Born in Jiangsu, China, Song Fang studied Directing at the Institut National d l’Art du diffusion in Belgium, and went on to receive her MA from the Beijing Film Academy in 2008. Before graduating, Song played a nanny/cinema student in Hsiao-hsien Hou’s Flight of the Red Balloon in 2007. Memories Look at Me is Song’s first narrative feature.